Encore Michigan

It’s “Camelot” in Dexter starting June 8

Preview May 17, 2017 Anne Kiley

DEXTER—The Encore Musical Theatre Company continues its ninth season with a Lerner and Loewe classic on June 8, 2017. Based on “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White, Camelot combines the legend and lore of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table with the melodies of two American musical theater giants: Lerner and Loewe.

King Arthur and his new queen, Guenevere, rule their kingdom with the ideals of chivalry and peace, but the arrival of Sir Lancelot threatens the foundation of the realm in one of the most fabled love triangles of all time. First performed in 1960 at Broadway’s Majestic Theater and featuring Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet, Camelot brims with pageantry, splendor and favorite songs such as “If Ever I Would Leave You.”

Camelot stars Metropolitan Opera baritone, Stephen West as King Arthur. Stephen has appeared with many of the finest opera companies in the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, New York City Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among many others. He has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Tanglewood, and the Hollywood Bowl. He is currently a Professor of Music and Chair of the Voice Department in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.  Stephen has starred in over thirty-five musicals and received the Dramalogue Magazine Critic’s Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Charlie Anderson in Shenandoah. A favorite at The Encore, West has previously appeared as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Javert in Les Miserables, and Emile de Beque in South Pacific.

Camelot is directed by Daniel C. Cooney, with musical direction by Tyler Driskill, and choreography by Matthew Brennan. Sarah Tanner will design the set; costume design is by Sharon Larkey Urick and prop design by Anne Donevan.

Camelot runs from June 8th through July 2nd. Showtimes: Thursdays at 7:00pm, Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 3:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays at 3:00pm.Tickets range from $27 – $35. Visit www.theencoretheatre.org to purchase tickets and for more information.

Photo: Stephen West